Marysville is not unique in the need to do important work around personal biases and organizational equity. This is work we must do as a community, as a region, and as a nation. That said, we know from our own personal experiences that racial biases are real, they negatively affect our students, and we can do more as a school community to combat this problem.
As a starting point, we have developed an Equity Action Plan to organize our work together and help us build momentum in the right direction. This action plan is focused on work we are doing *right now* to lay a foundation for work that will be ongoing.
Eneille Nelson, Executive Director of
Equity and Family Engagement
We are creating a Marysville School District Equity Committee with three Advisory Teams:
The MSD Equity Committee will be comprised of members of each of the Advisory Teams, will work at the level of policy development and action planning, and will report to the school board. The Advisory Teams deepen the committee's connections across the district. Advisory Team members will serve as liaisons and will provide feedback on district proposals and the MSD Equity Committee plans.
The Staff Equity Advisory Team's initial work has been focused on developing our Equity Statement, which is important because it represents how we collectively think about the idea of equity in our schools. The draft Equity Statement has been shared with the school board and staff in each school. It is being shared with the other two Equity Advisory Teams as they convene, and all the feedback will be considered as the District Team works to update and finalize the statement.
We are building our capacity to talk openly and honestly about the conditions that perpetuate cycles of inequity. We are also doing more to prevent harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) in our schools. You can find more information about student safety and security here (link to the student safety and security page).
In addition, we are developing a suite of training options that will be available to all staff this summer. These classes will help staff deepen our personal understanding of bias and equity in anticipation of training we will do together starting in the fall.
We want the public to know what we are doing and we want to be held accountable. We will post the notes of Equity Committee and Advisory Team meetings on their pages, and we will continue to communicate about our progress through our routine staff and family communications. Equity work is not something that one person can do alone or that can be accomplished in a matter of days or weeks. This is long-term work that must be sustained and deepened over time. We are committed to this work personally, organizationally, and as a community. Thank you for partnering with us in this work.
Marysville School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.
The following employees have been designated to address questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator - Gregg Kuehn, Risk Management Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-965-0110; Title IX Officer - Tracy Souza, Executive Director of Human Resources, email@example.com, 360-965-0071; Section 504 Coordinator - Andrea Wyatt, Director of Categorical Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-965-0053; ADA Coordinator - Brad Roden, Director of Secondary Special Education, email@example.com, 360-965-0175. Address: 4220 80th Street NE, Marysville, WA 98270. Website: www.msd25.org Marysville School District is a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.
You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district’s Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint.
Note: Policies that address this issue are policy 3210 “Non-Discrimination” & 5010 – “Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action.” These Policies are available online at www.md25.org, at your school, or at the District Office: 4220 80th Street NE, Marysville, WA, 360-965-0000.